EcoProducts gets FSSC 22000 certified!

FSSC 22000
EcoProducts Baobab fruit powder production facility has been certified FSSC 22000.  FSSC 22000 Food Safety System Certification is a highly regarded level of food certification that meets global standards.   FSSC 22000 is fully recognised by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)

Talk with Enviropreneurs

There are entrepeneurs, solopreneurs, socialpreneurs. And then there are enviropreneurs! In April 2017 I was invited to give a talk on Enviropreneurship to students from the University of Venda.

2017 April: Thank you LTT Bolt & Nut

Thank you to LTT Bolt & Nut for their generous donations to the Baobab Foundation. Pre-school creches are sadly neglected in these rural areas of the Limpopo so it's always great news when we receive donations for much needed equipment and facilities.

2017 Jan: Baobab Guardians: tree keepers of the future

Baobab Guardians
Since baobab trees often only begin producing fruit after 200 years, this has to be one of the most far-reaching into the future sustainability projects around! Our thanks go to Melissa Krige of African Tree Essences for sponsoring a baobab seedling via our EcoProducts Foundation.

2017 Jan: donation brings joy to Tshedza & Zwigodini creches

#MandelaDay
We're so grateful for the generosity of Nancy Nehoray who has donated to two Pre-school creches in rural areas of the Limpopo. Creches and pre-schools are sadly neglected when it comes to basic resources for the children. So it's always BIG news when we receive donations for much needed equipment and facilities.

2016 Aug: The Little BIG BAOBAB Book

Inspired by her PhD research on baobab trees, Dr Sarah Venter wanted to make the fascinating information usually available only in obscure scientific papers, available to a much broader audience including children. The Little BIG BAOBAB book is for everyone who loves baobab trees...

2016 Jun: World Desertification Day

Baobabs live in savannah ecosystems many of which are threatened by desertification. Although baobabs have an incredible ability to survive dry conditions they too are affected by desertification. What can we do?

The Marvellous Brewers of Marula Beer

Each year marula beer connoisseurs make their annual pilgrimage to the far reaches of Limpopo to visit their favourite master brewers of marula beer. It's a womens' traditional craft and in order to get a taste of each woman’s brew you need to go 'homestead hopping, visiting one home after another. Each one is different and this year Sarah Venter did her own tour of marula beer mavens and found out a few secrets along the way.

86 Years of Measuring Baobab Trees!

Skelmwater is a bare stony hillside dotted with baobab trees, but this has become a special place for Sarah Venter and Diana Mayne.  The baobab trees here are each numbered and painted with a neat stripe around their girth.  The girth of these trees has been measured since 1931.    Diana and Sarah discovered this plot in 2002 when they first went to visit it and found that the measurements had been forgotten and no one was measuring them any more.

EcoProducts Celebrates A Year of Growth!

celebrating EcoProducts
It is always a happy and vibrant day when we all go out to celebrate of a year of hard work. So much has happened for EcoProducts this year: moving to new upgraded factory premises, getting HACCP certified - two huge events! Last year we were 22 people and now we are 50 people. So we have doubled our staff and have TREBLED our production output!

EcoProducts & Abalimi Harvest of Hope

EcoProducts Abalimi Harvest of Hope
We were delighted to join forces with Abalimi Harvest of Hope and have EcoProducts organic baobab powder added to their customers' organic veggie boxes. Like EcoProducts, Abalimi Harvest of Hope works towards community upliftment through development and employment as well as strongly supporting conservation and nurturing the environment through organic farming practices. We love the work they do and we thought you'd like to learn more about them here!

Baobab Harvesters visit EcoProducts Factory

Baobab Harvesters visit EcoProducts
EcoProducts invited 30 baobab harvesters from across the Venda area to visit the new EcoProducts Baobab Processing Facility in Makhado. The purpose of the visit was to show the harvesters where the fruit goes and what happens to the fruit once it arrives at the factory.  We also wanted the harvesters and the factory staff to meet and to discuss the collection and processing challenges, and how these can be overcome through better understanding of the process.